Herbaceous Border Design
With any luck your property has a level, central and sunny spot near the residence to plan a major herbaceous border. I like to play with the traditional idiom by adding ornamental grasses to the mix for extra texture and movement.
Wildlife Gardens & Habitats
From insect pollinators to birds, my gardens are always designed with wildlife in mind. In this era of ecological degradation, it is my goal to add chemical and pesticide free refuge for critters of all kinds...
Native Plant Gardens
While a big fan and advocate of native plantings for philosophical and ecological reasons, I am not a "purist". I am an equal opportunity plant lover and feel that a balanced approach to plant choices is possible.
In my humble opinion nothing is more beautiful than a native meadow at it's peak in mid to late summer... except maybe the same meadow covered in snow in the dead of winter, golden grasses and seedheads standing out against the white snow...
Deer Resistant Plantings
Very few plants are totally deer proof, but in New York State suburban and ex-urban areas deer are almost always a problem. Combining unpalatable plants and monthly applications of deer repellants, a beautiful and reasonably deer resistant planting is indeed possible!
Elegant fencing, deck and planter design can transform any outdoor space and add a luxurious sensual garden framework.
Beautiful masonry work provides the foundation for a strong garden: patios, stairs, stone paths, driveway aprons and trims.
Tasteful low voltage lighting adds subtle night-time drama for entertaining and safety for key trees, walkways, driveway hot tub and spa areas.
Sun & Shade Gardens
Suburban properties typically offer a variety of site conditions that dictate different planting choices. I relish choosing appropriate plants for challenging sites and love the contrasts that can be created between different areas on the same property.
I believe all gardens should incorporate water into the design. Water in the garden always soothes, can provide a subtle sound screen, and attracts birds. Here a rain garden to catch storm water run off from a driveway.
Containers are perfect for smaller spaces such as patios, windows and decks and add exciting seasonal display opportunities.
Formal, Casual, Traditional, or Contemporary Styles
Different design esthetics will be appropriate depending on the site, residence style and client lifestyle... I personally have very versatile tastes and never try to impose a specific style unless it is a natural fit for the project.